THINGS MUST BE SIGNED.

CRAZED weekend full of MAD SIGNAGE coming up, as my twitching, sign-thirsty hands clutch for any available books to deface at not one but TWO signature-making events, Nov. 5th & 6th:


VEGAS VALLEY COMIC BOOK FESTIVAL
- SATURDAY

Never been to Las Vegas before, but SLG Publishing honcho Dan Vado promises our booth will have "the loosest slots in town," so I'm excited! Come see me and ELDRITCH!'s Drew Rausch from 10 AM 'til 3 PM at the Clark County Library, comfortably far from the epileptic terror of The Strip. (Please do not try feeding quarters into my head.)


BAT'S DAY HOLIDAY BLACK MARKET
- SUNDAY

"The Bats Day Black Market is the premier shopping market experience for the Dark Subculture, which includes from Deathrock to Goth, Industrial to Steampunk, Rockabilly to Psychobilly, Halloween and anywhere in between all with the love for Disneyland."

Drew and I will have our own table at this one, with a fancy banner and everything. We'll be selling all our books, art, prints, t-shirts, the lot, including PRINT copies of ELDRITCH! #1 (those sweet "sketch cover" ones you thought were gone forever). We'll be spookying up the place from 1-9 PM, so please come and keep us company! It's a really fun event, seemingly tailor-made for anyone who's into the whole "Serenity Rose" thing. (Assuming a few of you are out there.)




My hands... MY HANDS DEMAND TO SIGN! Put something in front of them before it's too late!

SERENITY ROSE PÅ SVENSKA

HEJSAN!

Serenity Rose Vol. 1 is now available in SWEDISH, courtesy of our old vän Joakim "SLINKER" Jonsson (who also provided the lettering this time around). Tack, Slink!



Looking through those pages brings a cascade of death metal pounding down on my head. Lovely!

For his efforts, Mr. Jonsson was awarded the following sketch (among other junk):



And for good measure, here's the one I sent to Yasushi for his Japanese translation last month:



French, Japanese, Swedish, and Dutch... Sure look pretty all lined up there, don't they? But where, you might be wondering, is Español? ¡Paciencia, a mis amigos! ¡Serenity está volando hacia ti!

Y en el libro de tres, pronto conocerá a un nuevo personaje muy interesante ...

GRAND TRANSLATION CHALLENGE FOREVER! Except Na'vi. NEVER Na'vi. I am racist against any blue people more than 3 apples high, you see. (Just how I was raised, man.)

SERENITY ROSE IN JAPANESE!

HELLO TOKYO!

And Osaka, Hyōgo, Hokkaido, Chiba, Miyazaki and ALL the other prefectures!

SERENITY ROSE IS AMONG YOU.

(Cues up Akira soundtrack... DUH-DUH! HEEE-HUH HEEE-HUH!)



Translation AND lettering courtesy of our pal YASUSHI KITAMURA, clearly the coolest person ever to live. He says he's going to add a page of translation notes to explain all the book's obscure references, too (What, the cover of Skinny Puppy's "Too Dark Park" isn't a cross-cultural constant?), so that should be interesting.

And there's already some kind of review or something! Over at ReadMe!Girls!の日記・雑記 there are images and words relating to the book, so let's take a look at the Google translation...



"Goss Goss words
Goth everyday
Or non-routine
Young blue-haired witch
Serenity Rose
Goth comics such
"Serenity Rose"

Author Aaron A

have been exposed as a web comic, has been released from this book form as SLG.

Such "Serenity Rose" has been updated Japanese translation.

Well, thankfully boy.
"Serenity Rose" is if you have read the book version is also sorely
(I think you can see reading) and therefore in the text packed fishing Mitchiri frustrated, and this until I read the fine rice Tenakatsu chest. 1p many number of frames it, anyway Mitchiri black. Guhee.
However, Volume 2 (Book2) becomes, is not really a comic easier to read lines can be radically Pages, Volume 1 (Book1) higher hurdle anyway.

Japanese translation of this edition is now up to Book1, Book1 only obstacle that I have been translated, great joy.

Serra's hero and best friend (partner in crime?) But I also do a test of character, my favorite and come
Half British and Japanese
Pink twin
Great witch and a rock star
Vicious Whisper

The Web site we have a vicious corner!
(W I are feeling like life's consultation Vicious)

The background of this work Tonghua goth subculture has quite a rich culture, care becomes read the Japanese version, I think look interesting to read the English original by all means.
For example, Serra and his is now a vicious "witch" is called, in translation here is "witch" has become.
This is not original "WICTH".

Speaking of witch, wizard male witch (Wizard), witches witch witch women (Wicth) has a strong image of women is not the only witch.
Then, a man came to this work witch. Thus the translator is "witch" and the translation seems to be chosen.

Sorcerer Wizard rather than witch. Mysteries of the universe, it's the wizard who know the truth hidden transcendent wisdom.
Meanwhile, the law of Magic (Witch Craft) The fishing operations to put yourself in the dark, it witch.

Quite a different nuance.
Be told of this work goes to the Witch and the.

Wording of sub-culture even more than that, because there is nothing quite accurate in Japanese, but that seems to be very hard, may be made by the translator will supplement that maybe around.

So, try the translator's blog


Seems it was a bit hard to read, but then a stroke of luck; "FINE RICE TENAKATSU CHEST" to the rescue! Witches witch witch women (Wicth).

Oddly enough, while Yasushi was lettering SR1, I've been lettering manga for a little extra money. The first book I worked on is called Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, or "Goodbye, Mr. Despair," so I guess I can't use that title for my autobiography anymore. (THANKS, JAPAN.) Check it out! LINK.

And so the GRAND TRANSLATION CHALLENGE keeps moving along. I have a full Swedish translation here now, with Spanish and German (and... Hebrew?) coming somewhere down the line. But with SR3 coming soon, GOOD GOLLY I don't know when I'll have time to letter them. Anyone willing to do some freelance Serenity Rose lettering? I will pay you in fine rice Tenakatsu chests, or possibly a small amount of money and the title "HERO OF CRESTFALLEN."

I wish my life had a consultation Vicious.

ONWARD TO OCTOBER 4th!

ELDRITCH! #3 IS A DISEASED BABY OF A THING.

I mean, just LOOK at that little guy:



Are you strong enough to handle that kind of horror? Well, all right then...



ELDRITCH! #3: "The Instruments of Fear"

Anya Sobczek is locked in a Chamber of Horrors. A surgical table. Rusty scalpels. A tank of roiling black blood, dozens of mean-looking machines, and the hissing head of Medusa herself. CLACK - the door opens, and Anya the Unbeliever gets ready to start a war...

STRIKE A BLOW FOR SCIENCE in the new chapter of ELDRITCH!

Digital Download | 24 Pages | Available NOW.


We've got a special promotion this time around for you stalwart ELDRITCH!ites roaming the ELDRITCH!lands... Everyone who's successfully endured all three issues to date is entitled to a FREE digital copy of "Drippin'" Drew Rausch and "Joltin'" Jocelyn Gajeway's horror book SULLENGREY, observable below:





"Sullengrey: Cemetery Things"

It's why you don't let your feet dangle over the bed while you sleep. It's the reason you feel dread while passing dark alleys and why you lock the deadbolt at night. It's already inside you.... and it's HUNGRY! Welcome to Autumn's Grove, a normal little town where your fears manifest, then devour you whole!

PDF format | 146 pages | 109 MB


To get your free copy and ensure you never sleep again, please check and make sure you've purchased all three issues of ELDRITCH! (might be under the cushions there), then send us a request right HERE.

Thank you for all your support, folks! ELDRITCH! #4 will shamble over and say hello on Wednesday, October 19th.

ELDRITCH! #2 RIGHT IN YOUR EYE.

TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY (Hooray!). And the greatest gift of all is, of course, the gift of you reading ELDRITCH! #2, the latest chapter of my Lovecraftianish horro-monstomedy with spectacularly hideous art by Dastardly Drew Rausch (impenetrably scribbley page layouts and shtoinky Don-Martinesque SFX by me).

ELDRITCH! #2


"Chapter Two: A HISS FROM THE CRADLE.

"Owen Sobczek is filled with angry black worms. His fearsome skeptic sister Anya wants to know WHY. They might have been conjured by Owen's coven of wealthy teenage occultists. They might have been built behind locked doors in the Newbarns' suspiciously lovely home. Or they may have crawled out from someplace much, much darker.

The terror writhes deep under your skin in the new chapter of ELDRITCH!"

Digital Download | 24 Pages | Available NOW.


We really stepped up our "game" for this one, guys. The way Drew handles Owen's creepy pal Chaston Willoughby III... it's just UNREAL. I still have nightmares about that guy's teeth, and he's not even the MONSTER in this one. Eerie, eerie teeth. Unsettling chompers.

The SECOND greatest gift you could give me for my birthday, though, would be a 3D rendering of Serenity Rose in her legendary "Heartbreaker" pose, with maybe some sweet electro-industrial thwanging in the background. Anyone got one of those?

Heartbreakers: Sera from Lathan Lindsey on Vimeo.



How cool is THAT? Thanks so much, Lathan! (One day she must be animated.)

Thank you for supporting the comics, everyone! And especially thank you to everyone who came out to see Drew and me in San Diego. I apologize for all the weeping and violent profanity, and promise it will never happen again. At least until the Alternative Press Expo in October.

Happy Birthday to me!

SDCC Is a Thing.

And I will be there next week, I guess. (Hoo boy.) Mostly I'm just there to pitch my new, Hollywood-friendly Serenity Rose concept to all the important entertainment industry people:



BUT in between all the awful shilling and selling out I will, as usual, be sat at the SLG Publishing booth (#1815), hanging out, talking to all you genuinely important people, and possibly preparing delicious sandwiches. (Ask for my "Special Mustard!") Here's the full schedzicus:

THURSDAY: 1-4 PM
FRIDAY: 1-4 PM
SATURDAY: 1-4 PM
SUNDAY: 11 AM - 3:30 PM

According to the chart I have, ELDRITCH! artman Drew Rausch and I will be occupying the exact same physical space for all those signing times, which will be both horrifically uncomfortable and, I hope, very, very funny.

And GOOD NEWS... There will be a special, limited edition ELDRITCH! object available at the booth this year - ELDRITCH! #1 in classic "paper" form, with super-special "sketch" cover onto which Drew will make all your sketchy dreams come true:



We're calling it the "SHADOW OVER SAN DIEGO" edition, and there's only a HUNDRED of these things, so... Yay going to San Diego! Drew will draw pretty much anything you want on the cover (tiny, complicated architectural details are a must), but if you insist on a sketch from ME, I'm afraid it will be this:



Or possibly this:



See you next week!

SERENITY ROSE IN HET NEDERLANDS

Did you know the word for "comic book" in Dutch is stripverhalen?

It is both the word for "comic book" and the place I hope I go to when I die.

Anyway... HALLO DAAR! Just a quick post to let you know Serenity Rose Boek Eén: De negativiteit voorbij is now available in DUTCH, courtesy of our friend Stewart Newdale (A good man... and THOROUGH). Stewart's already finished Boek Twee, as well, so our organization can expect full domination of the Netherlands within the next few months, right on schedule. Watch your back, Mark Rutte of the VVD!



As before, if you are a Dutch speaker / know some speakers of Dutch, please help us spread the word far and wide. I want you to scream so loud Van Gogh can hear you no matter HOW many ears he cuts off.

The word for "witch" in Dutch is heks. Serenity Rose: Een stripverhalen over HEKSEN.

So which will be the next language to conquer the GRAND TRANSLATION CHALLENGE? Right now it looks to be either Spanish or German, but who knows? Portuguese, Afrikaans, Farsi, or some ancient Enochian dialect could swoop in at any moment and claim the prize. To see how to get your words of choice into the race, please examine THESE PAGES. And, as always, dank u zeer!



"Welkom thuis, Serenity Rose."

ELDRITCH! #1 LIVES!

AT LAST... It has been summoned. ELDRITCH! IS REBORN.




LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH.


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ELDRITCH! (for those who aren't already sick to death of hearing me bang on about it) is a bloody Lovecraftian horror/comedy comic scribbled out by me and illustrated by "Devilish" Drew Rausch. It's filled to bursting with strange humans, stranger monsters, Darwin tattoos, meat cleavers, magic spells, twitchering black tentacles, poorly-remembered Bon Jovi songs and all the best stuff there is! Starting TODAY we'll be selling ELDRITCH! as a series of six 24-page digital downloads every six weeks, with each one priced at an almost unfathomably low $0.99.

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YES, 99 CENTS.


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You have a few options to choose from, the simplest being a pdf file downloaded straight from us right HERE. The pdf will work on pretty much any device you own (try your toaster!), including iPad/Phone/Pod, Nook, Kindle, Android thingummy, and, of course, your desktop (Mac and PC). Basically, if you're reading this... you can read ELDRITCH!

And just for today, we have a special-type offer: Buy your copy of ELDRITCH!, send a message to serenity@heartshapedskull.com, and you'll be entered to win ORIGINAL SKETCHES by both me and Drew. And for every 100 copies we sell today, we'll pick a new winner. There is, quite simply, no better way to injure yourselves with our work.

Thank you so much for your support, guys! The indie comic scene is NOT an easy place to get a small voice heard, and I really appreciate what you've done to help amplify mine. It means a lot, and more and more as time goes on. The comic world is shifting beneath us, and as scary as it can sometimes be, it's also the most exciting time of my life.

Please let me know what you think! Both content-wise and format-wise, I mean. (Did the pdf work for you? How does it look? Was the process simple enough? That Ted Newbarn, he sure is a freakish character, ain't he?) We're still working out the kinks here, so we'd LOVE it if you could leave a comment here, at the ELDRITCH! site, my regular site, or - for those so Facebook-inclined - at the ELDRITCH! Official Fan Lair.


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Here is a sketch I did of Anya as Green Lantern battling Zombie Boba Fett:




It's called "MARKETING," guys. I have to do this stuff!



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SERENITY ROSE EN FRANÇAIS

Serenity Rose Vol. 1 ( le journal intime d’une sorcière autochtone ) is now available en Français, courtesy of the indefatigable Caroline Dumont. ( Merci, Caroline! ) Click Petit Sera to see:



And please, if you are a French speaker / know some speakers of French, we'd love it if you could help us spread the word. To the walls of Faceblogtwitter with you! And merci beaucoup.

The GRAND TRANSLATION PROJECT rolls on! Caroline will be working on Volume 2 en Français later this year, and I have a Dutch version in front of me now waiting to be lettered. (Might be a while, lil' Dutch script, but never fear... Your time will come!) There will also be a version en Español in the near future, because such a thing is NECESSARY.

And of course, if you would like to try your hand (or, more importantly, your brain) at translating Serenity Rose into YOUR language, please look over the archived translation posts HERE for more info. If you've already called "dibs" on a language, please let me know how it's going! One day you, too, could share in Caroline's glory.

"Bienvenue chez toi, Serenity Rose."

Such Sites to Show You...

So by now you've seen the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, you've wandered about marveling at the new site flashiness, and, of course, you've visited ELDRITCH!'s unholy new home on the net... so what else? Could there be MORE?

THERE IS.

There is a slick new STORE to go with my slick new website, and it's FILLED TO BURSTING with new print LOVELINESS. OBSERVE:



That's the new HEARTBREAKERS triptych up there. You can get them individually or in one print, poster-sized or letter-sized. Custom sizing is also available; just ask! A few of the classic prints are still around, too.

AND THAT IS NOT ALL. We've also got NEW original art (including four Vicious Whispers cartoons):



AND... for the first time, you can buy signed books and t-shirts DIRECT FROM ME:



Yes: I have got plenty of Babydoll sizes. (Shirts, not books. Babydoll books are hard to come by.) I also found a box full of that issue of FABLES I illustrated a while back. Happy to sign those for anybody, too... But when those are gone, they are gone forever.

Hope you guys like the new store! I had a LOT of fun putting this thing together, and, needless to say, buying art is the BEST way to show your support for Serenity Rose and keep Volume 3 humming along. Although, of course, you can also DONATE or SUBSCRIBE at $1 a month. (E-mail me if you do, and I'll send you a goblin - FOR SERIOUS.)

Thanks so much, everyone! Now it's time for me to go Break some Stupid Hearts...